Marcel Gauchet

Marcel Gauchet (French: [ɡoʃɛ]; born 1946) is a French historian, philosopher, and sociologist. He is professor emeritus of the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and head of the periodical Le Débat.

Marcel Gauchet
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy
Anti-totalitarian left/French liberalism (1970s)[1]
Classical republicanism (1980s)[1]
Main interests
Political philosophy

Gauchet is one of France's most prominent contemporary intellectuals. He has written widely on such issues as the political consequences of modern individualism, the relation between religion and democracy, and the dilemmas of globalisation.

Two of Gauchet's books have been translated into English, including The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion.

Gauchet was awarded the Prix européen de l'essai, fondation Charles Veillon in 2018.[3]


  1. James D. Ingram (2006), "The Politics of Claude Lefort's Political: Between Liberalism and Radical Democracy", Thesis Eleven 87(1), 2006, pp. 33–50, esp. p. 39.
  2. Doyle, Natalie J. (2017). Marcel Gauchet and the Loss of Common Purpose: Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy. Lexington Books. p. xviii.
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